From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook.
In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.
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"Thomas Cahill's brand of history is highly personalized, based on his own travels and his own highly literate responses to the art he discusses. It's only right, therefore, that he should be the narrator of this engaging and literate history of Renaissance artists and Reformation clerics--as rich and varied a set of personalities as any history has to offer. Cahill narrates with ease and clarity and, if anything, improves upon the immediacy of the written text. An added advantage of this audio version is that it allows one to research and view simultaneously the art works he is discussing--for example, the various Renaissance Davids, a high point of this title. Here all the potential of audio production is perfectly achieved." (AudioFile)
There are some brilliant descriptions and passages, but a few recurring revisionist lapses and heavy handed propaganda make the course a miserable slog. Too bad. At first, it could have been ignorance, then it became clear Thomas had several broken axes to grind.
Amazing study on the roots of what we believe today as gospel, came from the depths of the reformation and the Renaissance.
I love the author's books, I enjoy his approach to history
My personal favorite of those who have narrated his books is John Lee
Don't be put off by his pedestrian narration, listen to the whole series!
Thomas Cahill weaves many threads together to create an interesting story -- adding depth to a period of history and helping to understand the people, personalities and motivations of the time.
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